Saturday, 3 March 2012
Also where I'm interested in eventually getting involved in agility to build up some confidence with Kobi, I'm learning lots of very valuable tidbits. Today they were working on serpentines and introduced the balance board. Some advise given to the students was to really do a lot of rear end awareness work with their dogs so that when introduced to equipment like the teeter totter they would have a much simpler time positioning themselves on it. The instructor also mentioned the importance of building a strong foundation. That by teaching you dog lots of tricks they build confidence and are more willing to experiment when presented with new situations. I've recently started working on a hand touch command with Kobi, getting him to solidly plant his nose in my hand and follow me around and this morning I started working on getting him to put a paw on a box. Hearing these tidbits from the instructor was very reassuring, that I'm not wasting any time by doing lots of trick training with Kobi. Working on tricks is also something I can do comfortably inside right now and it helps to tire him out just as much if not sometimes more than a walk. I've got a long way to go and tons of stuff to work on, but I'm happy to know that all the foundation work I'm doing with be highly beneficial in the long run.